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Blog / November 11th, 2020

Chief Commissioners take on Children in Need challenge

Girlguiding Anglia’s Chief Commissioner, Tracy Foster, and Deputy Chief Commissioner, Andrea Oughton, have set themselves an ‘Act Your Age’ challenge for this year’s BBC Children in Need.



Tracy and Andrea will visit as many units (virtually) as the region is years old. Girlguiding Anglia turns 50 next year so between them they need to make an appearance at 49 different unit meetings before the end of the year.


This will be a challenge for both as they need to fit the meetings in around their day jobs, their own unit commitments and their region responsibilities but Tracy explains why they want to take part:

‘This year Girlguiding has partnered with BBC Children in Need, with the money being raised through the partnership being split equally between the two organisations, and will go on to make a difference to young lives across the UK.  So as Chief and Deputy Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding Anglia, Andrea and I have set ourselves a challenge and hope to encourage some fundraising activity in our region.

We felt incorporating the opportunity to engage with lots of our amazing units was a great way to show our support, raise some funds and meet lots of our members across the region, all whilst saying hello and thanking everyone.’


To enable Tracy and Andrea to complete this challenge, we would like to ask unit leaders, if they would love to get involved, to email the region office,, with the date and time of some upcoming meetings and a reason why their unit should receive a visit.

If you’re reading this as a parent and your daughter’s unit isn’t currently meeting online, then please share some convenient days and times when your daughter would be able to receive a virtual visit from Tracy or Andrea and why this would be so important.


Andrea shared why she hopes members will get involved and support the challenge:

‘We know our members have done their best during this pandemic and they have worked hard to continue guiding and support each other and their local communities. This is a great opportunity to support a cause that will have a positive impact on not just the lives of girls and young women within Girlguiding but many causes that support children and young people.

Tracy and I also hope that by taking the time to join units on their virtual meetings we can share our thanks for all the amazing guiding activity that’s taken place during lockdown and listen to how everyone’s been coping. I’m sure it will be a very humbling experience and can’t wait to get going.’


As this challenge is part of BBC Children in Need’s annual fundraising event we would love as many people as possible to sponsor our chiefs; it could be as little as a 1p per unit they visit or whatever people can afford. All fundraising can be donated via JustGiving here

There is also a special Pudsey badge available

If you’d like to learn more about Girlguiding’s partnership with BBC Children in Need and how to get involved further yourself, look at Girlguiding’s website,

We’ll share Tracy and Andrea’s progress across social media and hope we may even receive some photos of the visits taking place. Good luck to them both!